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bry_774278 - CHARLES X, CARDINAL OF BOURBON Quart d'écu, croix de face 1591 Paris

CHARLES X, CARDINAL OF BOURBON Quart d écu, croix de face 1591 Paris VF/XF
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Price : 100.00 €
Type : Quart d'écu, croix de face
Date: 1591 
Mint name / Town : Paris
Quantity minted : 838026
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 917 ‰
Diameter : 30,5 mm
Orientation dies : 8 h.
Weight : 9,56 g.
Coments on the condition:
Ce quart d’écu est frappé sur un flan large et irrégulier. Exemplaire recouvert d’une patine grise présentant des faiblesses de frappe. Tréflage au revers
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : + CAROLVS. X. D. G. FRANC. REX (MM) 1591.
Obverse description : Croix fleurdelisée.
Obverse translation : (Charles X, par la grâce de Dieu, roi des Francs).


Reverse legend : .SIT. NOMEN. DOMINI. BENEDICTVM. - A.
Reverse description : Écu de France couronné, accosté de II - II.
Reverse translation : (Béni soit le nom du Seigneur).

Historical background



Charles X, uncle and godfather of Henri IV and first cousin of François de Lorraine, was born in 1523. Cardinal and papal legate in Avignon from 1565 to 1590, it was he who had blessed the marriage of Marguerite de Valois and Henri IV on the eve of Saint-Barthélemy. On the death of the Duke of Alençon, last brother of Henry III, he was recognized by the League and by Philip II of Spain as heir presumptive to the crown. Recognized by Henri, in 1588, as his closest relative, he was arrested at Blois on December 23, 1588 while the Guises were being assassinated. He was proclaimed king by the Leaguers after the murder of Henri III on August 2, 1589 but died a prisoner at Fontenay-le-Comte on May 9, 1590..

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